Last month, BOF’s Executive Director Tatjana Bicanin and Community Engagement Network Manager Lawrence Kirby gathered in Washington D.C., with 125 members of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, including the Wisconsin Partnership for the 2023 Policy Summit to learn how policy change is making a positive impact on the lives of young people across the nation. Learn more about key takeaways from the Summit here: https://hubs.li/Q01TKVGN0
“When we’re having the same conversation that’s bridging across organizations, that’s when we can be strategic.” – Dr. Robert Blaine, National League of Cities
On March 11th, 2021, President Biden signed The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law. This historic piece of legislation will provide approximately $1.9 trillion in relief and federal investment to address the on-going impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has the possibility to transform communities for children and families. As the cradle-to-career backbone for Kenosha County, Building Our Future is well positioned to support entities in leveraging dollars to not only build back better, but build with equity and build to last.
The American Rescue Plan Act will bring more than $135 million of flexible funding for children and youth to the Kenosha County community, via City, County, and Village governments; K-12 education systems; and higher education institutions. Building Our Future has created a handout that strives to make this funding easy to understand for partners, advocates, and community members.
Did you know that over 4,000 children under age 5 in Kenosha County may not have access to child care? That parents in Kenosha County pay on average 2.8 times the recommended national guidelines towards infant care costs? That only 7% of child care in Kenosha County is rated as 5-star, compared to 13% at the state level?
Learn more in our new Early Childhood & Education in Kenosha County handout! We encourage you to leverage this material in your advocacy and systems change efforts related to early care & education.